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that's it for "starting point." >> "news room" begins right now. happening now a night of terror. >> i was, i was counting. one, two, three, four. and i just do it and i did it. and i can feel tamerlan trying to grab me. >> for the first time we are hearing from the carjacking victim at the center of the boston bombings. also the exfiance of jason
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collins speaking out. one-on-one with cnn. >> i want him to be happy and have a wonderful future. chris chloe joins me live. morning after available over-the-counter to women 15 and over. and rocky mountain high. "newsroom" taking you into the business of cannabis in colorado. >> i want to know how you grow it in an indoor farm. you are live in cnn news room. and good morning. thank you for being with me. i'm carol costello. we begin with the bombings of the boston marathon. 90 minutes of terror for the man at the wrong place at the wrong time.
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we are hearing from the man who was apparently carjacked from tamerlan and dzhokhar tsarnaev. she said the older brother kept barking orders and promised to release the hostage unharmed. the man who wants to be identified as danny didn't believe him so he bolted when the brothers stopped at a gas station to fuel up. listen to the carjack victim describe the ride and his escape. >> he took out his gun, pointed to me and said you know i'm serious. don't be serious. he asked me a question like do you know the boston explosion on monday? i said yes. he said i did that. and i just killed a policeman in cambridge. i was counting one, two, three, four. just do it. and i can feel tamerlan trying to grab me. i was just going as fast as i
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can. and then i never look back. >> he used his cell phone to call 911. we want to get the latest from boston on the investigation. our national security analyst looks at concerns that the accused bombers did not act alone and susan candiotti as new developments on the widow of the older brother. tell us the latest on the widow. >> reporter: carol, there continues to be an air of mystery surrounding the widow of tamerlan tsarnaev. her name katherine russell staying with her family and parents. you will recall that it was mystery because for the past several days there have been meetings going on between her, her lawyer and the fbi. we also saw a few days ago that the fbi went into her home, took samples. according to our sources, dna
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samples from her and compared her dna, is comparing to female dna found on one of the bomb's pressure cookers. we don't knowhether there will be a match. if there is a match, what, if anything, that might have to do with whether she constructed the bomb or touched the bomb. she may simply have touched it on another occasion or it could be another female, perhaps the store clerk who might have sold it to the two bombing suspects who, of course, the one is charged in this case. we are still waiting to find out the level of cooperation that is going on between her and the fbi. her lawyer has put out a statement that she is fully cooperating with with them and she also issued a statement that she has asked that the body of her husband be turned over to the tsarnaev's family. to retrieve it from the medical examine so that he can be buried. >> does that mean she wants no involvement in this man's
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funeral? in her husband's funeral? >> reporter: it certainly isn't clear from the way she issued the statement. she didn't say one way or another but we are left to wondert about that. it is apparently, the family is going to be taking charge of the funeral procedure and i know that the mosque where the two suspects attended has told us that if one of their people from the mosque presides over the funeral service it will not be one of the imams. it will be a lay person because the mosque told us they don't want to have even the slightest appearance that they condone the marathon bombing. >> investigators are also digging deeper on the greatest concern that the bombing suspects may have had help. a former cia operative thinks it is likely. bob baer said i talked to the fbi today. they said that this bomb absolutely could not have been
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made by those two men. there were all sorts of command detonate signal tests they need to do. this was a very complicated plot. i think it is wrong for us to take the narrative it was all home grown. do authorities even know if these suspects made the bomb themselves? >> well, i actually don't think anyone is saying it is clearly home grown or clearly the other thing. i think we are in this slow slog, unfortunately, of where an investigation leads. i don't do speculation so i have been consistently saying it could be one or the other or a combination of both. we should be cautious of certainty. there is a very limited number of people involved with the investigation right now. some people may know one thing and others may not. everyone believes that the six or seven months in russia are significant. what we can't figure out yet or
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at least where the narrative is pointing two two different places is both radicalization and did he learn and was he trained by an organization that knew that he was going to launch a terrorist attack in the united states? it's a pretty simple division of narratives. in terms of i have been involved with the investigations, i know these evolve slowly. not choosing the narrative right now is okay. this will come together in time. the reason why you don't want to rush that it is certainly this or that is either because you don't want to give the russians sort of it is clearly your people and you have a problem because we are seeing that the russians might take advantage of the situation and we don't want to condone that. you don't want to miss opportunities here engaging communities, communities that might have known violent
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extremism that might help us in the future. both investigations are going on abroad and domestically with checking land fills and things like that. i think our patience is probably going to be beneficial in the long term to getting the story right. >> many thanks to both of you. when jason collins came out this week it was a surprise to a lot of people including his former fiance. the 12 year veteran became the first openly gay major athlete. he wrote about hiding his sexuality. he called off the engagement in 2009 after being with her for eight years. she told piers morgan she was shocked. >> he called this past weekend and he called a couple of days
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this weekend. i have close friends and family and people i was so thankful i could confide in them. my mom is a former psychologist. it is wonderful to have that support system. it is going to be a process, absolutely. and it just takes a lot of perspective and a lot of understanding and a lot of open conversation and open dialogue at this point is the healthiest thing. i value that between jason and i and i value that between himself and his family and the onest that are closest to him. i think that is where that confident level comes from. >> did he apologize to you? >> um, i think he is in the process of taking ownership of the here and now which is actually coming out. and that can be very, i assume, overwhelming. i did invest eight years in our relationship with a shared dream
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and vision with him and i value that. i had to rewrite the script and i still am rewriting it. it has been very challenging. so you know, that's a natural progression for him to look at things from all different angles. as he becomes more comfortable with himself i think that time will allow for some perspective on that, as well. >> collins said he didn't set out to be the first openly gay active athlete. he talked about his experience with nba commentators on our sister network, tnt. >> what was it like to wake up this morning for the first time in your life and not have anything to hide? >> it was amazing. it was truly overwhelming experience, humbling, the amount of support that i received. and i'm truly blessed to have the people that i have have my
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back and just support me and lift me up. >> do you think your decision will have a major impact on other sports? >> i hope it will encourage others to live honest and genuine life. going back to what charles said that it's important for everybody to make decisions in their life that makes them happy and to be honest. and once you put down that mask and live an authentic life it is liberating. you don't have to hide anymore. you can just be yourself. going through last season that i wasn't going to keep living my life in the closet. i knew that at the end -- once my regular season ended with the washington wizards that after the season was over that i was going to make this announcement.
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i can still play in this league. i want to still play in this league. i still have a love for the game and i still feel i can offer an nba ball club that veteran leadership that i think i have proven that not only will i talk the talk but i will walk the walk. >> among collins' supporters is kluwe, an outspoken supporter for gay rights. he tweeted saying big kudos to jason collins, living proof that your sexuality has nothing to do with your athletic ability. good morning, chris. >> good morning. how is it going? >> it's good. thanks for being with us this morning. we appreciate it. do you think it is easier now for other gay athletes to come out? >> i think a lot of people are going to be watching and waiting to see what happens with jason collins. is he allowed a fair chance to compete with other teams?
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>> do you think someone will sign him? he obviously wants to continue playing. >> i think he just wants the chance to compete on a level playing field. he doesn't want to be known as the gay athlete. he wants to be known as an athlete. this is just part of who he is. >> the vikings and this is on a slightly different topic, the vikings drafted a new punter and a lot of people are speculating he could be your replacement and you said that in a shame that peaking out on human rights has a chance of getting you cut. can you expound on that? >> well, you know, all i can do is punt to the best of my ability ask and trust in my body of work which has been very good over the years. unfortunately sometimes that it is the nature of the business. >> do you think they might move in that different direction
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because you have soakpoken out passionately in support of issues like gay rights? >> i don't know on that one. i am not in themeetings. all i can do is hopefully do my best and have a chance to punt. >> but you have a suspicion that that might be a reason? >> i mean, like i said, i don't know. i'm not in those meetings. >> thank you so much for being with us. we appreciate it. >> thank you. a possible clue as investigators search for a northern california girl's killer. we have new details for you just ahead. [ male announcer ] this is bob,
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call 1-888-xarelto or visit goxarelto.com. at 17 minutes past the hour a quick check of other stories. police investigating a possible clue in the stabbing death of 8-year-old leila fowler. there may be a link between fowler's death and the kidnapping of a 15-month-old girl. a man in that case has been arrested and police have requested a dna sample. a dust mask with ricin links a mississippi man to a
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potentially deadly letter sent to president obama and two other public officials according to an affidavit which say the mask and other ricin items were found at james dutschke's home. colorado take a look at this. it is getting a blast of spring snow today. the state's northern cities could see as much as eight inches by tonight. denver could break record for the coldest ever first day of may. a california woman accused of poisoning two bottles of orange juice at a san jose starbucks is facing attempted murder chargers. a customer spotted her odd behavior and told score workers. the bottles were tainted with a lethal dose of rubbing alcohol. to wall street where many
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investors wonder if the markets will continue the winning streak after the s&p ended april at a record high and the nasdaq closed at the highest level since 2000. alison kosik, will the streak continue? >> that's a good question. at this point it looks like the winning streak for today is up against a wall. the stock futures are flat to slightly lower right now. the dow has been riding a five-month rally. the s&p 500 and nasdaq have been on a winning streak six months. here is what is driving the gains. housing market is improving. so is consumer confidence and the fed's billions of dollars of stimulus creating the wealth effect. it hasn't been all good news. the recovery and the jobs market is painfully slow. the fed is wrapping up the policy meeting this afternoon. investigators are looking into insight for outlook of
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employment. >> we also got a new jobs report from payroll processor adp. what does it say? >> it was basically was a disappointment. private employers added 119,000 jobs in april versus the expected 150,000. this report what it does is surveys private sector jobs only. it is kind of the appetizer to the main course coming up on friday. friday is the official government jobs report. the government report measures public and private jobs. the expectation there is for a gain of 155,000 jobs after that weaker than expected 88,000 jobs added in march. if friday brings another reading below 100,000 there is going to be serious questions about the recovery in the job market. >> alison kosik reporting live from the new york stock exchange. the fda making changes in the rules for the morning after pill. now girls as young as 15 can get
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welcome back in the news room. girls as young as 15 years old can get the morning after pill without the prescription. the fda approving the measure saying they were able to show how it works. i can see how this might make some people angry and some not so angry. >> planned parenthood is saying this is great. females as young as 15 you should be able to get the morning after pill and other groups say no way. shy shouldn't be able to get this kind of a pill. >> without the parents' permission. >> so the controversy was would a 15-year-old understand how to take this. the obama administration originally said no a 15 year old couldn't understand this. we can't let them get it
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over-the-counter. another group said this is like taking an aspirin. it is not that big of a deal. that is how a federal judge felt and he really raked the obama administration over the coals. >> right now it is as young as 15. could it go younger? >> it is possible. the company that sells it would like to make it younger. groups like planned parenthood would like to get it younger. >> more conservative groups think this amounts to abortion. >> it gets tricky. you have to take it within three days of having unprotected sex but as early as possible. most of the time here is the way it works. it prevents the ovary from releasing egg. most people say that is not abortion. there is no egg never met sperm. based on the timing of it there could be cases where egg has met
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sperm and it prevents that tiny embryo from implanting in the uterus. so some people would call that abortion. >> right now the rules are a 15 year old could go into a pharmacy and pick it up over the shelf and pay for it and leave the store. >> they are supposed to show proof that they are 15. how many 15 year olds have proof of id. if your 15-year-old daughter asks for a birth certificate you should get suspicious. >> something tells me that is not going to happen. >> the rule is the 15-year-old is supposed to have proof of age. >> thanks so much. still ahead he was caught in the middle of the boston marathon bombing along with his parents. how kevin white and his family are moving forward. female annouw lean cuisine salad additions. bring your own lettuce. byol. and we'll dress it up with grilled chicken. crunchy veggies. fruits, dressings and crispy noodles. new lean cuisine salad additions.
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good morning. thank you so much for being with us. i'm carol costello. stories in the news room at 30 minutes past the hour. on wall street, will the markets continue their winning streak? the bell is winning. alison kosik is at the new york stock exchange. tell us what you are seeing. >> we are seeing a very slow start to the trading day after the s&p 500 closed at yet another all-time high on tuesday. it was a great april for stocks. you look at each added almost 2% last month. the question for may, will investors do as the old addage says sell in may and go away. investors literally are more focused on vacation, more so than their portfolios. they don't have to worry about it. the difference is the fed continues to pump so much money
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into the economy that many believe if there is a drop this year it won't be as deep as years passed. today investors are reading over the jobs report and shows over 100,000 jobs added last month. >> alison kosik reporting live at the new york stock exchange. drugs prescribed for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are facing more scrutiny. the paper says many colleges are tightening rules on diagnosis and treatment. some schools require students to sign contracts saying they will not misuse or share their pills. senator barbara boxer has announced plans to hold hearings on the april explosion of west, texas.
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the investigation in boston goes on as victims continue to grapple with the fact that they are now victims of a terrorist attack. i was in boston yesterday and sat down with kevin white who still has difficulty walking and is caring for his parents. both of them were wounded in the attack. kevin's dad lost his leg. >> we decided to go in on a whim because all of the events that were going on, get some lunch, kind of see the city. and we just finished eating and were walking and just stopping and starting and watching the race and watching people at the finish line. and suddenly everything changed. it was extremely unexpected. and it was something we didn't think was going to happen, obviously. >> so the bomb went off and what happened to you physically? >> so we were judging from a lot of the photos we have seen we were probably within six to
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eight feet of where it detonated. i got thrown backwards away from the street towards the shop fronts and i basically landed almost next to them. i landed on my hands and knees. and there was glass from the windows all over me on the ground. there was a large flash which was blinding. and then everything went black. when i kind of came to after a couple of seconds there was a smell of gun powder or fireworks in the air and gray smoke everywhere. people were starting to scream. it was just chaos at that point in time. as i got up everyone was kind of running from the scene. people were just kind of herding each other up and down the sidewalk. i ended up going boylston and was pushed into a cell phone store where people were regrouping and reassessing what their injuries were. i had a lot of cuts at that
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point that was bleeding pretty badly so someone appeared with a wheelchair and wheeled me to the triage center. so that was kind of at that moment that myself and my parents all got separated. >> when you first heard your fogger's voifo father's voice -- >> i didn't hear my father's voice for several days because he was pretty much sedated. so it wasn't until i got out of the hospital that i went with my brother to see him. it was the first time i saw him and talked to him, as well. >> was it a phone call with your mom and then you talked in different hospitals? >> i found out where she was through a lot of my friends and my brother. they did a great job of figuring out where people were. and i went from my hospital to her hospital. so we were in the same hospital for two days. >> how are you feeling? >> physically i have pain in my
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legs. standing for long periods of time is difficult. i get tired a lot. but all in all i'm feeling a lot better than i was a week ago. and out of the three of us i probably was injured the least so i'm just thankful that we're all alive. but physically i think over the next month i will be much better. i know my mom is making great steps every day. >> can you tell me why your legs are weak? what happened in the blast? >> i got hit with a lot of shrapnel. it caused massive swelling and bruising from my waist down to my ankles. it is hard just to stand, putting weight on my legs for long periods of time. the swelling really bothers me. if i bump into something it is really painful. but it is mostly the swelling from the wounds.
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that will heal over time. >> and kevin pulled up his pants leg to show me some of the wounds. they have scabs over them now but they are this big. they are huge. you can understand why he still has trouble walking. we will have more with my interview with kevin white. i asked him how he is dealing with being a terror victim on u.s. soil and what he thinks about the suspects in this case. it is not what you think. his friends have set up a fund. kevin's father have lost his leg. they are going to have medical bills for some time for years and years. if you would like to donate you caring.com is the fund and a 5 k race held to raise money. a new report suggests the united states may be preparing to boost its support for rebel fighters in syria. what that new assistance could include. 7
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it is 40 minutes past the hour. time to check our top stories. testimony resumes in the michael jackson wrongful death trial. a police detective says he believes dr. conrad murray's financial situation may have caused him to break the rules. the doctors say aeg hired dr. murray. crews in new york city are about to remove part of the wing from part of the planes from the 9/11 terror attack. medical examiners are ramping up their search of the area for possible human remains. it is not known if they have found anything in their search.
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rising political tensions turn into an all-out brawl in venezuela's national assembly. one woman said she was attacked from behind and thrown to the floor. opposition groups have been protesting recently announced presidential election results. wow. let's turn our attention to syria's civil war. a new report suggests the obama administration is preparing to start arming the opposition. according to the washington post planning for a weapon shipment goes with the regime using chemical weapons against rebel fighters. bring us up to date with what you know. >> reporter: there was an explosion just a couple of minutes ago here in damascus. i can show you as you look behind me there is a huge plume
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of smoke rising up over central damascus. this happened just a couple of minutes ago. we are getting initial reports from a blast site that apparently police station was hit there. we are trying to get reports on whether or not there are wounded and killed. we have some reports suggesting up to a dozen killed. it certainly looks like a major, major explosion that took place just recently in central damascus, the heart of the syrian capital. i have been here for the third day now and this is the third major bomb attack that has happened in central damascus. that goes to show how the civil war is creeping and seeping into the syrian capital and affecting the people that live here more than ever before. >> let's talk about the possible use of chemical weapons because president obama has called the use of such weapons a red line and that is a quote. but the president also says he still needs more proof. what exactly is he looking for?
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>> well, he is certainly looking for something that would address with some degree of certainty that these weapons were used and that they were used by bashar al assad forces and by bashar al ass assad's forces deliberately. one of the things that the obama administration has been saying is that they are not sure whether or not some of the chemical agents might be released by accident within the ranks of the syrian military, whether or not there is a break in the chain of custody and whether or not some of the weapons may have fallen into other hands. they want to be certain that it was bashar al assad's force whose used the weapons deliberately. right now the obama administration is not fully sure that that is the case. the syrian government is saying that it would never use these kinds of weapons against civilians even on the other side
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of the equation the ambassador to the u.n. said yesterday that would not be the case. people we have been speaking to here believe any talk of the government using chemical weapons against civilians is a ploy by the opposition. >> we will check back to find out about the explosion. marijuana is a booming business in colorado. it will only get business with recreational pot sales. business owners feeling kind of nervous. we will tell you why. at university of phoenix we know the value of your education is where it can take you. (now arriving: city hospital) which is why we're proud to help connect our students with leading employers across the nation. (next stop: financial center)
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in the 1800s colorado was known as the new frontier. that may be true now because of marijuana. there are hundreds of business owners trying to make a living on shaky ground. jim spellman has more for you. >> reporter: like many small business men sean has employees, a warehouse, retail stores and a fair share of headaches. >> i make this business work paycheck to paycheck. >> reporter: he grows and sells marijuana. he grows the cannabis in his warehouse in denver and has two medical marijuana dispensaries in the suburbs. >> i have about 20 people working for me. they do everything from growers to trimming to working as
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caregivers in the stores. >> reporter: so far his business has been limited to medical marijuana selling only to colorado residents with a doctor's recommendation and state issued red card. last year voters passed amendment 64 legalizing recreational use of marijuana. the state is still working out regulations when recreational marijuana stores are expected to open. dispensaries are expected to be able to convert and sell to anyone over 21 but there are several catches. this is still against federal law. that must create stress for you. >> yes. it does. i'm talking to you right now. there is a voice in the back of my head that there is an innate nervousness. >> reporter: a bill in congress would bar the federal government from going after people in states that legalized marijuana.
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are you afraid that all will be taken away from you? >> yeah. i can't keep my face keep my fa straight right now saying that. >> reporter: runs the warehouse. i want to learn more about how you grow marijuana on an indoor farm. it starts in the lab with cuttings known as clones that go into these tanks for about two weeks and then into this room for about five weeks. >> each of the plants gets itself own bar code. we're able to trace that plant from this stage all the way to the end product. >> reporter: then the light is cut back to signal the shorter days of autumn. then it is off to be trimmed and died. the entire process is regulated by the state.
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employees are issued an colorado marijuana employee id card. a fingerprint scanner tracks the employees at every turn. >> there's no scar face here. there's no 1847, there's none of that stuff. >> reporter: even though he pays sales and income tax, marijuana is still against federal law so it cannot be deducted from federal taxes. >> there's nothing glamorous about this business. it is a struggle to operate without a bank account and without taking deductions. >> reporter: he operates in a highly competitive marketplace. have they become more con sores about their marijuana?
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>> you don't see sh wag anymore. >> reporter: it creates ray ser thin mar begins. >> there's a risk that comes along with it. . >> i have to make that choice. >>. >> reporter: these marijuana critics might never convince themselves that marijuana should be legal. >> they put their finger on a sensor. every single person that works in this industry. we believe marijuana prohix is immoral. >> you're also covering the weather in colorado, but we
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wanted to talk to you about the marijuana story. you're now in a satellite truck. having said that, you mentioned that banks won't accept money from these people, so what do these owners do? >> reporter: it is a real tough situation for them. they deal in a lot more cash. they have atms as his dispensaries. it is so important for the bulk of the people in this industry to follow all the regulations that are there. as they follow these regulations, it helpsly jit miez their business. they tell me following all these rules, that's their path to legitimate zags. >> they are proud of the
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marijuana they grow. >> it's really interesting. each of these growths has a master guru gardener. they have different strains, different hybrids that they're developing. every time i go to one of these places, they want to send me home with a bag of weed. they're so proud of what they grow. it is a complete shock. i've been here in colorado since this industry started in earnest years ago. you go down the street in all neighborhoods and you see dispensaries. pretty quickly it's out in the open and by in large, people don't seem that worked up about it. with coming reck creational marijuana next year, that could be changed.
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>> instead of wine tastings, there will be -- well you know where i'm going. pot delivery companies are popping up all across denver. that story here on cnn tomorrow morning 9:00 eastern. i'm also a survivor of ovarian a writand uterine cancers. i even wrote a play about that. my symptoms were a pain in my abdomen and periods that were heavier and longer than usual for me.
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just days after revealing to the world he's gay, jason collins has become a household name. his jersey is now one hot kmomty. >> he's been in the nba for 12
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years now. 100% of the personalized jerseys sold this week have been a collins 98 jersey. he wore this number 98 this season as a secret tribute to matthew shepherd. he was kidnapped and beaten and left for dead because he was gay. collins is a free agent this season. last night the big leagues tim hudson had himself quite a night. his 200th win of his career in front of his wife. came to the plate and hit a home run. his wife kim was so happy she started crying in the standing.
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moments later she tweeted, there's no crying in baseball. go baby go. this has to be a cool moment for the hudson family. only the third home run of his entire career. >> baseball can make dreams can true. thank you so much. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" after a break.
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happening now in the "newsroom," fleeting and thrown into the air, kevin white now struggling with the fact he and his family are victims of a terror attack. >> i do understand it is not going to bring back my father's leg. plus you'll hear in amanda knox. attack with chemicals by her
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husband, a woman gets a face transplant. you will see her for the first time today. just two months after ending his work from home policy, yahoo offers 500 bucks to employees who give birth. yahoo. you're live in the cnn "newsroom." good morning. thank you so much for being with us. we begin with new developments in the boston bombing marathon. the coroner will soon release her husband's body, but she does not want it. she has spent many hours this week cooperating with investigators. investigators have discovered at least one fingerprint among the bomb fragments. a law enforcement official tells cnn no match has been made not
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yet. the boston harold has attached numbers that the tsarnaev family lived on the generosity of the welfare system. that doesn't include the more than $5500 in aid for tamerlan for his college education. what did he tell you? >> carol, that's right. i spoke to danny the carjacking victim for more than an hour. he is still shaken up. he tells me he was driving around on a thursday night. he pulls over to send a text message. all of a sudden tamerlan tsarnaev comes over, taps on the passenger side window, danny rolled down the window to hear what he had to say.
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tamerlan reached in, unlocked the car, got in the car, held a gun to his head and said drive the car. that's when the 90-minute nightmare began for danny. tamerlan was very talkative. was very intrigued by his chinese hair taj. he told danny if he didn't cooperate, he would kill him. eventually they went to a gas station to fill up and danny says that may have saved his life. here is what he told cbs's john miller. >> he took out his gun, point it to me, said i'm serious. don't be stupid. he asked me a question like do you know the boston explosion on monday? i said yes. i did that. i just killed a policeman in
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cambridge. i need to figure out a way to save myself. i was counting one, two, three, four. i just do it. i did it. tamerlan tryed to grab me. i was running as fast as i can and never looked back. >> reporter: can you imagine how frightening that was. he heard the brothers talk about manhatt manhattan. so had danny not escaped and sparked a widespread manhunt there could have been more lives lost. he was just trying to save his life. >> did you ask danny about the relationship between the two brothers? >> reporter: yeah. that was one of the most interesting parts to me.
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there's a clear contract between the brothers. danny says tamerlan tsarnaev was the clear leader and dzhokhar was the follower. tamerlan was the ring leader, calling all the shots. dzhokhar was at his beck and call, doing whatever he asked. tamerlan wanted dzhokhar to take his card and use it at the atm machine. it is important to remember even though tamerlan was the ring leader, according to danny, and dzhokhar was the quiet one, dzhokhar still had an input in all of this and still had a choice. i did speak to a criminology professor. he says the fact the brothers set off the explosion brought
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them closer together and solidified their bond. danny a victim of terror in the united states as of course are hundreds of others. i sat down with kevin white. white still has trouble walking. his father lost his leg. his mother still has trouble with her arm and hand. i asked kevin about the terrorists. >> i know you haven't had much time to watch the news and follow the investigation. what have you picked up? what was going through your mind? >> i saw the whole incident in watertown and that was just unbelievable. my mom was getting discharged that day, but we couldn't get in because of the lockdown. i think in a lot of ways it's sad. it's sad that so many people were hurt for reasons that we may never really know and her
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misdirected anger -- i think what's great is the way that law enforcement took charge of the investigation and made sure that the two suspects weren't going to hurt anyone anymore, and they're not. but, you know, i haven't watched a ton of it, the tv. i see there's more stuff about their family and there's more speculation on things. you know, my mom said something to the effect, she was just wondering how could someone be filled with so much hate that they would want to hurt innocent people and children, but i'm just glad that that won't happen again with those two. i think the cities and the states, especially the law enforcement, the state troopers and the fbi did a great job. >> do you fear there are more
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people out there who were connected to this bombing? >> i don't really fear it. maybe there are, but i think, you know, that's kind of out of my control at this point. i think law enforcement is doing a great job seeing if there are other people connected. but, you know, there's not much i can really do about that. i can't really live my life in fear going forward. >> are there times do you sit and wonder for whatever reason these people did this, why would they do this? was it radicalization? do those things go through your mind? >> i don't think i have gotten to that point yet, just because i don't know really know enough about what their thought process was. i think with the youngest brother more information will
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come out over time as he communicates more. that really hasn't crossed my mind. i've been trying not to think about that because it's not going to change what happened. i think if they can figure out why they chose to do this, maybe they can help -- people can influence other people who might be going down that same path not to go down that path. >> even if you knew the reason why, i don't think my of us would understand. >> even if i did understand it, it's not going to bring back my father's leg and it's not going to erase the last two weeks. my families priorities are getting better. that's the most important thing. making sure things are
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progressing. making sure stuff is taken care of with my father and expenses. >> i also asked kevin -- he's been the victim of a terror attack and how that felt. and his answer was you see terror attacks on television all the time and they don't seem quite real to you, but know they seem very real because he's experienced it. kevin still has trouble walking because he had so many shrapnel removed from his leg. his mom continues to recover. as you might expect, their medical bills are piling up. if you would like to help kevin white, go to you caring.com. there you'll find information on the white family and their injuries. their goal is $100,000 to pay for those medical expenses. they're going to be paying
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medical expenses for years to come. time to check other top stories. crews in new york are about to remove part of plane from the 9/11 attack. colorado is getting a blast of spring snow today. cities including bolder and golden could see as much as eight inches of snow tonight. a california woman accused of poisoning two bottles of orange juice at starbucks is facing attempted murder charges. a customer spotted her odd behavior, told store workers, who then called 911. they were tainted with a lethal dose of rubbing alcohol.
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yahoo announces new benefits for new parents. now new moms will get 16 weeks of paid leave and new dads will get 8. yahoo is offering their employees $500 to spend on house cleaning and groceries. the new policies come two months after yahoo banned employees from working from home. the $500 part got me. >> it's all about perks especially with those tech companies. >> but 500 bucks? no. >> think about other companies people work at. do they just give you 500 bucks for groceries when you have a kid? no. other tech companies were
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already there, carol. this new yahoo benefit to parents and these perks wind up putting yahoo in line with other companies. the tech industry is known to be generous with benefits. moms at google get 18 to 20 weeks. dads there get 7 weeks. at facebook moms get 16 weeks. parents get $4,000 in baby cash at facebook. of course that's a huge help for that very expensive addition. you look at yahoo shares. they're up more than 50% since she took over in july. >> that's good news. it makes you wonder though. are there a new policies to dig
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herself out of a hole by abolishing the work from home option. >> she said it is a part of a host of new benefits to help the well being of yahoo's employees. she's given free food and upgraded computers. she took a lot of flak when she got rid of the work from home option for employees. what about everybody else who is not having a baby who wants the flexibility for other reasons? to them i say, stop complaining. when there's a changing of the guard, there's going to be change. >> we know that. >> if you don't like it, find a new job. >> you are tough. thanks so much. coming up next in the "newsroom," the family of that
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17 minutes past the hour, time to take a look at other stories. police investigating a possible clue in the stabbing death of 8-year-old leila fowler. there may be a link between a kidnapping of a 15-year-old girl in a town close to where fowler lived. a man in that case has been arrested. a dust mask containing ricin lir links james dutschke. dutschke talked years ago about putting poison in envelopes. dutschke has denied any involvement. wait until you see this. rising political attentions turned into an all out brawl in
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venezuela. she was attacked from the behind and thrown to the floor. presidential results following the death of hugo chavez. he was the final victim of the boston terror attacks, sean collier. police he was shot and killed in his car by the suspected boston bombers. sean died serving and protecting other when the city of boston needed people like him the most. the family saw the qualities that made him a hero a long time ago. they sat down with jake tapper and they shared their story. >> reporter: he loves us and we loved him, true as printed on top of his m.i.t. obituary.
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>> there's this symbol of what happened that people feel so connected to. they've been so great to us wanting to reach out and provide support and honor him. that's been wonderful. at the same time you realize this is my little brother that we're talking about, and it's a whole other feeling. >> when they first started saying sean was a hero, you know, of course my first reaction is i don't want my brother to be a hero. i want him to be hero. >> reporter: they sat down to remember their brother. >> he talked about how much he wanted to a police officer. when he was younger and he and his younger brother would get in
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each other's hair, he would run after his younger brother miakig a siren noise yelling you're breaking the law. >> what was important to him about being a police officer? >> it was ingrained from him, right and wrong. there was no in between. either you did the right thing or you did the wrong thing. and if you did the wrong thing, you needed to be punish ed. >> reporter: sean collier loved the brotherhood of law enforcement. >> order. >> reporter: which was on full display at his memorial service last week. >> sean would have loved that if he could have seen it. helicopters flying over, tens of thousands of police officers
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from all over the world. ireland, canada, all over the united states. >> reporter: sean collier's roommate and he graduated from the police academy together. >> dick donohue who graduated the police academy with me and sean called my phone and said there was a shooting at m.i.t. it's sean. it's bad. you need to get to the hospital. i went to the hospital, saw sean. he had passed away. we hear officer down over the radio and they say it was dick donohue. he bled out in about three minutes and he was dead for about 40 to 45 minutes.
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i thought i lost two of my best friends. dick, they brought him back to life. he's talking and it looks like he's going to make a full recovery. >> reporter: for collier's family it is about create ago living memorial, including his low profile community service work. >> sean was very humble and didn't feel that was something he needed to talk about. >> as a family trying to incooperate ourselves into sean's life -- >> reporter: he was going to start this year at a police department. >> he was going for his final interview and that week he got the job. >> did he want to do that? >> it was his dream. >> it was his dream to be a
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somerville police officer? >> yeah. >> we all know that feeling when we finally get that job offer we've been waiting on. it was a comfort that he was going and he knew he was going. >> well, we could soon learn the fate really of jodi arias. we'll get you caught up on the trial next. [ male announcer ] can gravity be used to help overcome gravity? ♪ the chevrolet malibu eco with eassist captures downhill energy, unleashing it later to help propel you uphill.
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beinwelcome back to the "newsroom." amanda knox is breaking her silence. italian authorities are demanding she face another murder trial. >> last night in her interview, amanda knox maintained her innocence. she was very careful to distance herself from the immature girl she was when she moved to italy. >> i was in the courtroom when they were calling me a devil. it's one thing to be called certain things in the media.
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it's another thing to be sitting in a courtroom fighting for your life while people are calling you a devil. it's not true. for all intents and purposes, i was a murderer, whether i was or not. >> reporter: in an exclusive interview with abc news, amanda knox opened up for the first time in years about her murder conviction. she talked about her roommate meredith kercher, the girl she was convicted of murdering and what happened on the day in 2007 that would change her life. >> it bothers me when people suggest she is wasn't my friend. i was stunned by her death. >> reporter: that's not how much of the media saw it at the time. knox was dubbed a femme fatal.
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it was actions like this, kissing her then boyfriend who would eventually be convicted along with the murder that would have people question her innocence. >> people kept saying where's the anguish, where's what we think we would do if this happened to our friend. >> i have seen the same picture, like the kissing just can't stop. that's not what that was. i want the truth to come out. i would like to be reconsidered as a person. >> reporter: which is why she agreed to the interview. she hopes it will help clear her name. >> did you kill meredith kercher? >> no. >> were you there that night? >> no. >> do you think anything that you have not told police or said in this book. >> no, i don't.
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i wasn't there. >> reporter: amanda knox's freedom is again on the line. an italian court has ordered a retrial. >> she seems to be on this pr campaign to clear her name. will this help though with the italian authorities? >> that's what she's hoping it will help. she's on this major pr offensive hoping to clear her name. she made an emotional plea to the kercher family. >> many thanks to you. good morning. thank you so much for being with us. time to check our top stories. it is 30 minutes past the hour. testimony resumes in the michael
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jackson wrongful death trial. he believes dr. conrad murray situation may have, quote, led him to break the rules. the jackson family is suing aeg live. they're saying aeg hired dr. murray. senator barbara boxer of california has announced plans to hold hearings of the fertilizer plant explosion in the town of west, texas. the fda is now allowing girls as young as 15-years-old to buy the morning after pill without a prescription. data shows these girls know how to use the pill. it cannot be sold where age can
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into the be verified. all right. we have to tell you about this medical miracle. a mother of two left horribly disfigured is about to show the world her new face. she is the fifth woman to have a face transplant. she is stepping away from the curtains and she's about to speak at a news conference. let's talk more about this woman and the transplant before she faces the cameras. she sat down for an exclusive interview with elizabeth cohen. it's a sad story. >> it is all of that put together. how she got injured is so awful. her estranged husband doused with her industrial strength lye. doctors said, wow, maybe we can give you a face transplant.
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it took a long time to find a match, but they did. this whole concept of having a face that belonged to someone else that passed away -- here the interview. >> reporter: carmen tarl ton loved her husband, but when their marriage fell apart he attacked her. her beautiful face destroyed. deep burns on over 80% of her body. doctors couldn't erase the scars. >> you're the head of a major burn unit. have you ever seen a burn injury like this? >> never. never seen anything like this. >> reporter: doctors came up with an idea. how about taking a face from a woman who died and givening it to carmen. in a 15 hour surgery, her
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muscles and tendons were repl e replaced with those of the donor. >> how does it feel to go from a scarred face to a face without scars? >> i'm thrilled with what i've got. >> reporter: she doesn't just have a new face. she has new man in her life. her piano teacher. >> you walked in for a piano lesson. >> right. and i got the love of my life. >> he fell in love with her a few weeks before she got her new face. what about him touched your hart? >> that he was able to see through my scars at the time. >> i'll be honest with you. a lot of men couldn't handle this. >> right. >> sheldon is different.
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>> i see an incredible woman that is strength. inner beauty, outer beauty. >> [ inaudible ]. >> yeah. >> doctors tell her it will keep getting better and better. i can't pucker and feel yet. i am looking forward to that day because i know that day will come -- >> wonderful woman. can she speak? >> she has partial sight in one eye. you saw one eye is closed. the other eye, i don't know if you noticed there was a piece of tape holding it open because she couldn't open it on her own. when i talked to her, i made sure i was there right in front of her.
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legally, she is actually blind. >> there has to be psychological scars too. >> absolutely. this attack was 2007. when she talks about it, she is not emotional about it. she says it like it is. she does the same in her book which she has just written. how can you so evolved? it really helped to for give him. how can you forgive someone who did this? you don't forgive for the other person. you forgive for yourself. when you forgive, it allows you to move on? >> the estranged husband is now in prison. >> right. >> how long will it take before her face gets better and she can smile fully and pucker up and kiss sheldon? >> her doctors say in the coming
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months they expect to see a lot of improvement. she can smile a little bit now. she can do a little bit of movement. it will keep getting better. in a month or two from now, they expect it to be different. >> thanks so much. we'll be right back. around 2% to manage your money. that's not much, you think. except it's 2% every year. go to e-trade and find out how much our advice and guidance costs. spoiler alert: it's low. it's guidance on your terms, not ours. e-trade. less for us. more for you. it's guidance on your terms, not ours. great first gig! let's go! party! awwwww... arigato! we are outta here! party......
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save herself from a possible conviction and death sentence. >> i really thought he had intentions to kill me. >> reporter: arias says it was self-defense. >> he lifted me up and he was screaming i was a stupid idiot. >> you needed to go get the knife at that point, correct. >> reporter: despite days of grueling cross-examination -- >> i wasn't asked. >> reporter: during the testimony, arias never seemed to d d deviate from her version of what happened. the one thing arias claims she can't remember is the actual killing of travis alexander. >> do you have any memories of slashing his throat?
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>> no. >> reporter: some of the toughest questions came from jurors. >> why is it you have no memory of stabbing travis? >> i can't really explain why my mind did what it did. >> reporter: since her arrest more than four years ago, arias has told three different versions of what happened. first claiming she wasn't there. >> i wasn't there. >> be honest with me. >> reporter: after police confronted her with evidence she was there, she told police they were victims of a home invasion robbery. >> after all the lies you have told, why should we believe you now? >> lying isn't something i typically just do. >> reporter: jurors saw nude photos and heard a phone sex recording between her and
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alexander. the defense used two expert witnesses, a psychotherapist that she believes arias was a victim of domestic abuse. and another that said her memory problems were likely because of ptsd. >> reporter: today is day 55 in this trial, the last day of testimony as you mentioned. the judge has extended the hours to make sure they finish today. closing arguments are set tomorrow. >> i'll believe it when i see it. let's talk about something good now. the arrested development gang is back together again. after 7 years, the series is poised to launch a new season.
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it was a dysfunctional family reunion, but then again what family reunion is not dysfunctional. this year's premier of arrested development. 15 new episodes are set to release on may 26th on netflix. >> life was confined to a smoke
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filled room having found a way around the buildings' strict no smoking policy and the fact that her ankle monitor. >> that made me a little sick. a.j. hammer -- it makes you sick and then it makes you laugh. this is just the beginning right? >> star jason baitman says the cast is on board for an arrested development movie. he told us they're thankful netflix and the show's creator were able to revive the show. >> netflix made it happen. we all would have done it a long time ago and we'll do it all more in the future if they'll have us. the movie is not written yet, but mitch has the whole story worked out. it is a three-act story that was too big to put in feature
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script. the movie will be acts two and three. >> he's also been so thankful for his role in arrested development. had it not been for this role, he would have been worked in fast food the way his career was going. >> a lot of good reasons -- thank you so much. we'll be right back. [ female announcer ] switch to swiffer 360 duster extender,
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i'll be first to tell you live tv has its hazards. >> reporter: talk about high pressure. there's never a good time for hiccups, but this was a bad one. >> a couple of thunderstorms -- >> reporter: when david paul started his forecast for the houston area, he hoped it was just a passing hiccup. but the involuntary contractions
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of diaphragm continued. he had been having bouts of hiccups all day, but usually they stop when the red light comes on. >> it was the most helpless feeling i've ever had on live tv. that was a mess. >> reporter: sure other meteorologists have suffered a single hiccup. we've seen talents sneeze on air. >> but you know what -- excuse me. >> reporter: we've seen an australian weatherman pass out. this was no stunt. >> i did put a storm track on this -- >> reporter: what we need is a hiccup tracker. in a forecast that lasted about three minutes we counted a total of 14 hiccups and six excuse
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